Meet the OIE Staff

Professional Staff

unnamed-5Barbara Crespo, Assistant Program Coordinator in the Office of Intercultural Education, is a Bates College alumna from the class of 2015. Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. While at Bates she worked as an Office of Intercultural Education Fellow focusing on first generation to college students. In her spare time Barbara enjoys painting on recycled materials, trying food from different countries, and volunteering at her nearest community. Barbara can be reached at

06138e4Julisa De Los Santos, Assistant Dean in the Office of Intercultural Education, joins Bates from Eastern Connecticut State University where she worked as a residence hall director focusing on student engagement and retention. While at Eastern Connecticut, Julisa advised various multicultural organizations and served as a field instructor for the social work program. Prior to Eastern, Julisa worked at and received her Masters degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time Julisa enjoys listening and exploring different music genres. She can be reached

1278918_10151519414606618_1557468748_oLexie Mucci, Program Coordinator in the Office of Intercultural Education, is a recent graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned a Master of Student Affairs Counseling degree. Lexie served as Academic Consultant for two programs focused on first year students of color within the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She also spent the majority of her college and professional career as an advocate for LGBTQ+ students providing support and educational programming. Lexie and her partner Crystal, both classically trained, love to spend their free time making music and recording covers of popular songs. She can be reached at:

Jessica-Perez-Photo-276x300Jessica Perez, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Transition and Support in the Office of Intercultural Education and the Dean of Students Office, comes to Bates after completing her master’s in Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before attending graduate school she managed programs for Peninsula College Fund, an organization committed to improving the college completion rate of first-generation college students. She is the co-founder of CollegeSpring, a national non-profit that helps low-income students boost their SAT scores and navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. Originally from East Los Angeles, Jessica enjoys trying new recipes, spending time outdoors, and salsa dancing. She can be reached at:

Kristina Jin Powell, Associate Director of Multicultural Alumni and Parent Engagement and Special Projects in the Office for Equity and Diversity, joins Bates after working for seven years in study abroad international education at the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). Most recently she managed an Admissions and Enrollment team, working with college undergraduate programs. While at CIEE, she worked on a variety of projects including creating a framework for and developing a multimillion dollar alumni donor program to increase access for underrepresented students to study abroad. Originally from New York, Kristina is a graduate of Bowdoin where she studied Anthropology and Sociology. In her spare time she’s kept busy playing, chasing, and exploring with her 2-year old son, Shannon. She can be reached at:

Student Staff

Jalen Baker, OIE Fellow, is in his senior year at Bates. As a sociology major, he has developed a genuine passion for diversity and inclusion and working with students from underrepresented groups to make them feel safe and welcomed at Bates College. Jalen looks forward to this year and being apart of a team at the OIE that will strategically create programs and events. These programs will educate the entire student body about issues of diversity and inclusion in order to enhance their student experience and broaden their horizons as human beings.

Aria Sanders, OIE Fellow, is in her sophomore year at bates. Aria’s intended major is Chemistry although she has yet to declare. She cannot wait to continue in a former fellows footsteps and improve on her project of connecting the students at Bates to their professors outside of the classroom. It’s so important that we as students take initiative when it comes to our education!

Bantu Mabaso, OIE Fellow, is in her sophomore year as a politics major at Bates. Bantu is excited to start planning and implementing fun programs that promote the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness at Bates.

Madelene Santizo, OIE Fellow, is in her senior year studying Anthropology and Spanish with a concentration in Class, Inequity, Poverty, and Justice at Bates. She is exited to be an OIE Fellow this year because the OIE has provided me with the tools and resources to navigate my undergraduate journey – and now I am thrilled to give back! Madelene is also an active member of Latinos Unidos and part of the Bonner Leader program on campus.

Nancy Tran, OIE Fellow, is in her senior year as a Biological Chemistry major at Bates. As an OIE Fellow, Nancy hopes to find ways to support and help navigate students through the Bates academic system, especially in the sciences.

Dylan Carson, OIE Fellow, is a sophomore hailing from Princeton NJ, majoring in sociology. As an OIE Fellow he is committed to the OIE’s purpose of providing an open space where people can learn about different cultures and ideas. He is most excited for expanding the Office’s presence in the Bates community through increased student involvement.

Keila Ching, SPARQ! Peer, is a second-year theater major from Honolulu Hawaii. She is excited to be a part of the SPARQ! Peer team, as she aspires to make the Bates campus a safe and comfortable environment for all queer and questioning students. Keila is also a Bonner Leader and has worked closely with OUTright L/A, Lewiston-Auburn’s LGBTQ+ rights group. In her free time, Keila enjoys dancing, aerial circus arts, hiking, and free-diving.

Joaquin Espinosa, SPARQ! Peer, is a senior Economics and Politics double major from Quito, Ecuador. He is looking forward to being a SPARQ! Peer and aims to be an approachable source of support to all queer and questioning students. Joaquin has been an activities coordinator at the Bates’ International Club, has worked as an EcoRep, been a Track and Field varsity athlete, has been active in Outfront, and has worked closely with the BCDC and the student government. In his free time, Joaquin likes running, reading and hanging out with friends.


Yara Abdelhady, SPARQ! Peer & Educator, is a sophomore from Egypt. Yara is excited about being a part of SPARQ! because they want to take positive action towards making the campus more inclusive. Yara is also co-president of Outfront and SPJP while also enjoying their spare time learning and advocating around Middle Eastern politics, philosophy, football (not the American kind), and scuba diving.

Deshun Peoples, SPARQ! Peer, is a junior Studio Art and Rhetoric double major and Chinese minor. Last year as a Queer Peer Mentor in the OIE I was able to help my mentees explore identity and navigate transitioning to college. Having gone through the coming out process almost entirely from Bates’ campus, Deshun understands how significant our Bates experiences are in shaping who we become as individuals. As a mentor, he was absolutely honored to have walked with several mentees through the coming out process-arguably one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do a a queer person-and to this day, Deshun has yet to know a greater joy.

Jake Henderson, SPARQ! Peer & Educator, is a senior Biology Major at Bates. Jake is very excited to be a SPARQ! Peer because he has found an amazing family at Bates, and he hopes to provide support to all students, regardless of sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression so that they too can have an amazing and fun college experience. Transitioning to college can be tough on its own without the added stresses of understanding one’s own gender and sexuality, and he hopes he can alleviate that for any student going through struggles related to those identities.